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Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy.” It’s a deep, dark reddish wine with a little plum and burgundy. It has a creamy, luminous finish. Guerlain Madame Batifole is brighter, redder. MAC Heaux is matte, brighter. NARS Afghan Red is less red. MAC What Joy is darker. Guerlain Flirt is pinker. Giorgio Armani #408 is warmer. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker, less red. See comparison swatches.

This vampy shade is featured in the fall collection, though it is permanent. The formula is supposed to deliver “rich color with a semi-lustrous finish that lasts six to eight hours.” It is also supposed to hydrate lips and not feather or settle into lip lines while worn. Merlot was mostly opaque on lips, but there was a very slight translucency that kept it from being fully opaque–but it also gave it a lighter look. The consistency is creamy, emollient, and easy to apply without tugging onto the lips. I didn’t notice the color settling into lip lines, and I did not experience feathering when I wore it (but I don’t usually have issues with feathering). The color lasted well for six hours, and then it started to fade but there was a slight stain that lingered. The formula was moderately hydrating, and it was comfortable to wear.

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color Merlot
Merlot

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YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain
YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink coral.” It’s a coral-orange with only a hint of pink–it looks more pink-coral soaked on the applicator, but swatched and applied, it is warmer and more true coral than pink-coral. There is a light gold and pink shimmer running through the stain. The color also darkens as it stains, so it does appear darker applied than it does in the tube or swatched (just a heads up!). Revlon Kiss me Coral is similar but a true gloss. Guerlain Candy Stripe is also similar but is a gloss. Hourglass Nectar is pinker, less shimmery, gloss. See comparison swatches.

The consistency feels slick and water-like when it is initially applied, but it thickens in about five minutes or so, and then the consistency is a lightly tacky gel. It delivered semi-opaque color (and looked very much like your traditional lip stain in terms of color and effect), plus shimmer. It applied fairly evenly and didn’t settle much into lip lines (only the deepest ones, which are on my lower lip in the middle) but the shimmer helped to minimize the visibility of that. It wears five and a half hours well, and then the glossiness has faded away and the color remains for another hour or so. It was neither drying nor hydrating.  One of the nice things about this product is because it doesn’t have the traditional feel of a gloss, it also builds and can be re-applied easily–it doesn’t look splotchy if you re-apply. It has a fruity, grape-like scent to me, which disappears after fifteen to twenty minutes. It reminds me sangria.

YSL Rebel Nudes Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Corail Hold Up (105)

Quick Reviews: Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm, Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, Magic Marc’er Precision Pen

Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm
Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm

Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “buttery, rich lip balm with SPF 18 that locks in hydration.” Right now, it’s available in one shade–Makeout (10)–which is really just clear/translucent. If you’re familiar with Fresh Lip Treatments, I magicmarcer this will seem and feel familiar, but it’s not quite as emollient–it doesn’t slip as much, which I do like, because I feel like it’s so easy to run through a Fresh Lip Treatment and over-apply. Lip Lock Moisture Balm is lightweight, lasts about two to three hours, and is moderately hydrating. Personally, it doesn’t hydrate as much as my current (and ever continuing) favorite, Jack Black. It smelled lightly of mint (and a little herbal something rather), and depending on how much you put on, sometimes there was a slightly bitter taste (I didn’t notice it most of the time, though). (I bought this product, the other two were press samples, just to be totally clear.)

Marc Jacobs Invisible (30) Brow Tamer Grooming Gel ($24.00 for 0.23 oz.) is currently available in one shade–Invisible (30)–which is clear. If you don’t like crunchy brows, you’ll like this formula as it keeps brows soft and pliable, but still holds them in place. The brush is long, skinny, and flocked with almost a doe-foot like material–softer and finer than a traditional spoolie brush.

Marc Jacobs Blacquer Magic Marc’er Precision Pen ($30.00 for 0.016 oz.) is a pointed, felt-tip liquid eyeliner pen that delivers a rich, glossy black color with excellent color payoff and long-wear (ten hours with no flaking or smudging). I will forever loathe taking photos of liquid black eyeliner swatches, because they always appear browner in photos than they are in real life (where they’re pure, rich black!), so you’ll just have to go with it–it really is a glossy, deep black. From what I’ve been hearing, this is actually one of most raved about products (it was released briefly as a preview a couple of weeks ago). The tip has just enough give to maneuver around the lid and curves and roundness of the eye without issue, but it’s not floppy. It comes to a fine enough point to get the inner corners and lash line with precision, but because it widens as it gets to the base, thicker lines can be accomplished easily, too.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner Blacquer
Blacquer
Blacquer
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm Makeout (10)
Makeout (10)
Makeout (10)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel Invisible (30)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark berry red with a creamy, luminous finish. Urban Decay Catfight is warmer, redder. Urban Decay Venom is more berry-hued, darker. Tom Ford Violet Fatale is more purple. MAC Rebel is more matte, slightly less red. Guerlain Girly is slightly pinker. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The formula is touted as “highly pigmented” with a “sleek, hydrating shine.” It’s also supposed to “gently [plump] with unique 3-D optical volumizers.” It’s very nearly opaque applied to lips, and it’s mostly opaque in a single pass at that, and the finish is certainly high-shine–it has a glossy shine. I didn’t feel any tingle or sign of lip plumping, and I couldn’t visually detect if my lips were really any larger than they were before, but the glossy finish did give the illusion of fuller lips. The consistency is thin, feels water-based so it has some slip and wetness to it, and creamy enough that it glided across lips without pulling or tugging. It was lightweight, lasted five hours when I wore it, and was somewhat hydrating while worn. The lipstick was vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste. This is the only shade I’ve tried, but I hope to try at least a few more to verify performance within the range.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Seduce Me (128)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain
YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft golden fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a coppery gold shimmer. Applied, it takes on an even deeper, bolder, redder coloring–it darkens considerably after about fifteen minutes of wear. Because of its opacity, it’s not an easy shade to dupe. OCC Rhythm Box is very similar to the base color but it is shimmer-free. MAC Impassioned has no shimmer and is slightly cooler-toned. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy is redder. See comparison swatches.

The latest iteration of Glossy Stains is Rebel Nudes, which is supposed to combine “the shine of a gloss, color of a lipstick, and the long wear of a stain” plus “use “Euphoric Pearl technology for an all-day 3D luminous effect.” It had mostly opaque color coverage with just a bit of translucency that gave it the appearance of a really enhanced stain. The consistency feels thin, almost water-like, initially, and then as it sits on lips, it has a thicker, more balm-like consistency that is just slightly tacky. It has a soft glossy shine–not as shiny as a full-on, high-shine gloss but more than balm; the nicest aspect of the shine is that it’s all-over and even. The stain applied evenly overall, though I noticed the shimmer wasn’t quite as even–it seemed slightly grouped together in some places but from afar, it wasn’t noticeable. Fuchsia Fugitive lasted well for seven and a half hours with the shine topping in at nearly five hours and the stain persisting for the remainder of the time. It was neither drying nor hydrating after wearing for a full eight hours.

YSL Rebel Nudes Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Fuchsia Fugitive (109)

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick
NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm rose brown.” It’s deepened, warm red with subtle brown undertones and a matte finish. It immediately reminded me of NARS Amsterdam, which is slightly warmer, but I think the two are quite similar (to the point where you wouldn’t need both unless you wear it all the time already). MAC Legendary is browner, warmer. MAC Pre-Raphaelite is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

It is only lightly creamy, so it tugged a bit when I applied it, but it was opaque once applied. It had a mostly matte finish that did look just slightly dry on the lips, so I would recommend properly exfoliating prior to application to get the most out of this (and least amount of product catching on any imperfections). 413 BLKR was somewhat drying over the six-and-a-half hour wear time–it left behind a reddish stain that lingered for another two hours.  There was no discernible scent or taste.

NARS Lipstick 413 BLKR
413 BLKR

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